[mythtv-users] Xbox Protocol Version

Ivan Kowalenko ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com
Tue Jun 6 17:02:34 UTC 2006

On Jun 6, 2006, at 08.35, Andrew Hutchinson wrote:

> You know, I got the Xbox working a few days ago, and I really dont'  
> think its suitable for a Myth Frontend.
> Does anyone have an Xbox that works at a reasonable speed?  I'm not  
> talking about HDTV or anything, just normal TV.  I find the menu's  
> to be unacceptably slow, although when TV is running it seems to go  
> OK.  Just don't bring up the EPG!

Me! I have Rob Anderson's preconfigured Xebian image with 0.19  
installed (though I installed the MythTranscode and MythJobQueue  
elements). There's a little (half second, tops) snag in the menus,  
and (even though you asked me not to, I'm sorry) the EPG works just  
fine. True, there's a second or two pause, but other than that, it  
runs quite well.

The biggest problem with the XBox is its lack of RAM. 64 MB is barely  
enough. My question is: are you running a window manager? The Rob  
Anderson disk image doesn't bother with FluxBox, Gnome, KDE, or  
anything like that, and launches MythFrontend directly in X. Even  
then, the system has to use swap space (about 35 MB of it, to be  

> The only thing that looks promising to me is the XBMC plugin at:
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/xbmcmythtv/
> Saves you from booting into linux (which takes forever and no doubt  
> uses unnecessary resources) and it works pretty good.  However, I  
> can't get it going with Live TV.  Anyone else have any luck?

Been there, used it. The plug-in has a few snags in it, usually  
associated with pulling data from the SMB share or the database. The  
EPG is pretty much useless, LiveTV can barely be called that, in that  
you have to use this monstrosity of a browser to select your channel.  
I love XBMC, but this script, I find, isn't worth it. I find my  
Xebian frontend to be much more useful.
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